BACKGROUND: The DRK, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), was a voluntary civil assistance organization that was originally instituted in 1864 and was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention on July 27TH 1929. On December 9TH 1937 the DRK gained the status of a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany the DRK came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior Social Welfare Organization. DRK uniforms and insignia can be traced back to at least WWI and a standard red cross identifying "neutrality" armband was worn on the upper right sleeve by all personnel on active duty during that conflict. The basic red cross "neutrality" armband was retained through-out the Weimar era until a new scripted pattern armband was introduced on April 1ST 1935. Along with the April 1935 pattern, scripted, red cross armband the basic red cross "neutrality" armband and additional specific unit/location armbands were also utilized through-out WWII.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: White rayon construction DRK helpers armband with machine woven, Greek style, red cross to the center of the obverse flanked by black printed Latin script to the top, "DEUTCHES ROTES KREUZ" ans"SOLINGEN 2". The armband is roughly 12.5cm tall and 41cm long with a machine stitched vertical seam to the reverse. Shows the expected age and use.    (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****                             PRICE $238.00

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